November 7 – 17
Exhibit Opening Reception: Nov 7th, 5:30 – 7:30pm (ARTIST TALK: 6pm)
The Sonoma Community Center will be hosting “The Harrania Tapestries: An Accomplishment in Creativity” showcasing Egyptian works from the Ramses Wissa Wassef (1911 – 1974) studio. Collector and Egyptian tapestry authority David Williams will be on-hand at the exhibit Opening Reception Thursday November 7th to provide insight into the grand educational experiment that began in the Egyptian village of Harrania in 1952. Under the guidance of artist and professor Ramses Wissa Wassef, an experiment of creativity began in which students were asked to weave tapestries freehand with 3 basic rules: “No drawings or sketches. No outside artistic influences. No criticism or interference from adults” to prove that anyone can be creative and make mature works of art. The resulting work that began in 1952 became known as “the children’s tapestries.”
The exhibition showcases these world renowned tapestries that were the results of the children’s works as well as the work of the students as they matured in their style and skill. Tapestries will be available for purchase during the gallery exhibit.